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Fastest-Growing Careers
These are the occupations that were expected to have the largest rate of growth from 2016 to 2026 (for states) or 2018 to 2028 (for the United States overall). Please note that these projections do not account for the impacts of the current pandemic. Many occupations are likely to have very different projections due to the rapidly changing economy. When revised data are available, they will be published here.
We found 605 growing occupations in North Carolina.
Rank Occupation Employment Percent Change Earnings Typical Education
2016 2026
1
Statisticians
1,190
1,690
42%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
2
Physician assistants
4,510
6,210
38%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
3
Software developers, applications
25,500
35,150
38%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
4
Solar photovoltaic installers
500
690
38%
Median wage is between $39,100 to $61,200 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
5
Actuaries
390
530
36%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
6
Nurse practitioners
4,440
6,030
36%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearMaster's degree
7
Information security analysts
3,540
4,710
33%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
8
Operations research analysts
2,320
3,070
33%
Median wage is greater than $61,200 per yearBachelor's degree
9
Bicycle repairers
580
770
32%
Median wage is between $28,750 to $39,100 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent
10
Personal care aides
24,510
32,390
32%
Median wage is less than $28,750 per yearHigh school diploma or equivalent